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For Malefactors, after Condemnation.
else the Prayer in the Visitation of Prisoners, beginning, O Father of Mercies," &c. may be used.
the raging of the sea; we commend through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. to thy Almighty protection, thy servant, for whose preservation on the great deep our prayers are desired. Guard him, we beseech thee, from the dangers of the sea, from sickness, from the violence of enernies, and from every evil to which he may be exposed. Conduct him in safety to the haven where he would be, with a grateful sense of thy mercies, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
¶ For a person under Affliction.
GOD, we earnestly beseech thee to O MOST gracious and merciful have pity and compassion upon those who now lie under the sentence of persons recommended to our prayers, the law, and are appointed to die. Visit them, O LORD, with thy mercy and salvation; convince them of the O MERCIFUL GOD, and hea- miserable condition they are in, by venly Father, who hast taught us, in their sins and wickedness; and let thy holy Word, that thou dost not thy powerful grace produce in them willingly afflict or grieve the children such a godly sorrow, and sincere reof men; look with pity, we beseech pentance, as thou wilt be pleased to thee, upon the sorrows of thy servant, accept. Give them a strong and for whom our prayers are desired. lively faith in thy Son, our blessed In thy wisdom thou hast seen fit to Saviour, and make it effectual to the visit him with trouble, and to bring salvation of their souls. O LORD, distress upon him. Remember him, in judgment remember mercy; and O LORD, in mercy; sanctify thy fa- whatever sufferings they are to entherly correction to him; endue his dure in this world, yet deliver them, soul with patience under his affliction, O GOD, from the bitter pains of eterand with resignation to thy blessed nal death. Pardon their sins, and will; comfort him with a sense of thy save their souls, for the sake and goodness; lift up thy countenance merits of thy dear Son, our blessed upon him, and give him peace, Saviour and Redeemer. Amen.
O ALMIGHTY GOD, we give thee humble thanks, for that thou hast been graciously pleased to preserve, through the great pain and peril of child birth, this woman, thy servant, who desireth now to offer her praises and thanksgivings unto thee. Grant, we beseech thee, most merciful Fa ther, that she, through thy help, may both faithfully live and walk accord ing to thy will in this life present, and also may be partaker of everlasting glory in the life to come, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
1 For Rain.
O GOD, our heavenly Father, who by thy gracious providence dost cause the former and the latter rain to descend upon the earth, that it may bring forth fruit for the use of man: we give thee humble thanks that it hath pleased thee, in our great neces sity, to send us at the last a joyful rain upon thine inheritance, and to refresh it when it was dry, to the great comfort of us thy unworthy servants, and to the glory of thy holy name, through thy mercies in JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
For Fair Weather.
O LORD GOD, who hast justly humbled us by thy late visitation of
us with immoderate rain and waters, may continually offer unto thee our and in thy mercy hast relieved and sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving comforted our souls by this seasonable for these thy mercies toward us, and blessed change of weather; we through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. praise and glorify thy holy name, for Amen. this thy mercy, and will always de clare thy loving kindness from generation to generation, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen.
¶ For Plenty.
1 For Deliverance from great Sickness and Mortality.
O LORD GOD, who hast wounded us for our sins, and consumed us for our transgressions, by thy late heavy O MOST merciful Father, who of and dreadful visitation; and now, in thy gracious goodness hast heard the the midst of judgment remembering devout prayers of thy Church, and mercy, hast redeemed our souls from turned our dearth and scarcity into the jaws of death; we offer unto thy plenty; we give thee humble thanks fatherly goodness ourselves, our souls for this thy special bounty; beseech- and bodies, which thou hast delivered, ing thee to continue thy loving kind- to be a living sacrifice unto thee; ness unto us, that our land may yield always praising and magnifying thy us her fruits of increase, to thy glory mercies in the midst of thy Church, and our comfort, through JESUS through JESUS CHRIST our Lord.. CHRIST Our Lord. Amen. Amen.
For Peace, and Deliverance from our
T For a Recovery from Sickness.
O GOD, who art the giver of life, of health, and of safety; we bless thy name, that thou hast been pleased to deliver from his bodily sickness this thy servant, who now desireth to return thanks unto thee, in the
O ALMIGHTY GOD, who art a strong tower of defence unto thy servants against the face of their enemies; we yield thee praise and thanksgiving, for our deliverance from those great and apparent dangers wherewith we were compassed; of all thy people. Gracious art thou, we acknowledge it thy goodness that O LORD, and full of compassion to we were not delivered over as a prey the children of men. May his heart unto them; beseeching thee still to be duly impressed with a sense of thy continue such thy mercies toward merciful goodness, and may he devote us, that all the world may know that the residue of his days to an humble, thou art our Saviour and mighty De- holy, and obedient walking before liverer, through JESUS CHRIST our thee, through JESUS CHRIST our Lord. Amen. Lord. Amen.
¶ For Restoring Public Peace at Home. O ETERNAL GOD, our heavenly Father, who alone makest men to be of one mind in a house, and stillest the outrage of a violent and unruly people; we bless thy holy name, that it hath pleased thee to appease the seditious tumults which have been lately raised up amongst us; most humbly beseeching thee to grant to all of us grace, that we may henceforth obediently walk in thy holy commandments; and, leading a quiet and peace able life in all godliness and honesty,
For a safe Return from Sea.
MOST gracious LORD, whose mercy is over all thy works; we praise thy holy name that thou hast been pleased to conduct in safety, through the perils of the great deep, this thy servant, who now desireth to return his thanks unto thee, in thy holy Church: May he be duly sensible of thy merciful providence toward him, and ever express his thankfulness by a holy trust in thee, and obedience to thy laws, through JESUS CHRIST Our Lord. Amen.
COLLECTS, EPISTLES, AND GOSPELS,
TO BE USED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xxi. 1. WHEN they drew nigh unto JeruALMIGHTY GOD, give us grace salem, and were come to Bethphage, that we may cast away the works of unto the mount of Olives, then sent darkness, and put upon us the armor JESUS two disciples, saying unto of light, now in the time of this mor- them, Go into the village over against tal life, in which thy Son JESUS you, and straightway ye shall find an CHRIST came to visit us in great ass tied, and a colt with her: loose humility; that in the last day, when them, and bring them unto me. And he shall come again in his glorious if any man say aught unto you, ye majesty to judge both the quick and shall say, The Lord hath need of dead, we may rise to the life immor- them; and straightway he will send tal, through him who liveth and them. All this was done, that it reigneth with thee and the HOLY GHOST, now and ever. This Collect is to be repeated every day with the other Collects in Advent, until Christmas-day.
might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting The Epistle. Rom. xiii. 8. upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an OWE no man any thing, but to ass. And the disciples went, and did love one another; for he that loveth as JESUS commanded them; and another hath fulfilled the law. For brought the ass and the colt, and put this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, on them their clothes, and they sat Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not him thereon. And a very great steal, Thou shalt not bear false wit- multitude spread their garments in ness, Thou shalt not covet; and if the way; others cut down branches there be any other commandment, it from the trees, and strawed them in briefly comprehended in this say the way. And the multitudes that ng, namely, Thou shalt love thy went before, and that followed, cried, neighbor as thyself. Love worketh saying, Hosanna to the Son of Dano ill to his neighbor; therefore love vid: blessed is he that cometh in is the fulfilling of the law. And the name of the LORD; Hosanna in that, knowing the time, that now it the highest. And when he was come is high time to awake out of sleep; into Jerusalem, all the city was for now is our salvation nearer than moved, saying, Who is this? And when we believed. The night is far the multitude said, This is JESUS spent, the day is at hand; let us there- the Prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. fore cast off the works of darkness, And JESUS went into the temple and let us put on the armor of light. of GOD, and cast out all them that Let us walk honestly, as in the day; sold and bought in the temple, and not in rioting and drunkenness, not overthrew the tables of the moneyin chambering and wantonness, not changers, and the seats of them that in strife and envying. But put sold doves, and said unto them, It is ye on the Lord JESUS CHRIST, and written, My house shall be called the make not provision for the flesh, to house of prayer; but ye have made fulfil the lusts thereof. it a den of thieves.
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT. | nations, with perplexity; the sea and
the waves roaring; men's hearts failBLESSED LORD, who hast after those things which are coming ing them for fear, and for looking caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; grant that shall be shaken. on the earth; for the powers of heaven we may in such wise hear them, they see the Son of man coming in a And then shall read, mark, learn, and inwardly di- cloud with power and great glory. gest them, that by patience, and And when these things begin to come comfort of thy holy Word, we may to pass, then look up, and lift up your embrace, and ever hold fast the bless-heads; for your redemption draweth ed hope of everlasting life, which nigh. And he spake to them a para thou hast given us in our Saviour ble, Behold the fig-tree, and all the JESUS CHRIST. Amen.
trees; when they now shoot forth, The Epistle. Rom. xv. 4. ye see and know of your own selves, WHATSOEVER things were that summer is now nigh at hand. So written aforetime, were written for likewise ye, when ye see these things our learning; that we, through padom of GOD is nigh at hand. Verily come to pass, know ye that the king. tience, and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope. Now the GOD of patience and consolation grant you
to be like-minded one toward another, according to CHRIST JESUS: that ye may with one mind and one
say unto you, This generation shall Heaven and earth shall pass away; not pass away till all be fulfilled. but my word shall not pass away.
mouth glorify GOD, even the Fa- THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. ther of our Lord JESUS CHRIST. Wherefore receive ye one another, as CHRIST also received us, to the
O LORD JESUS CHRIST, who at
glory of GOD. Now say, that thy first coming didst send thy mesJESUS CHRIST was a minister of the senger to prepare thy way before circumcision, for the truth of GOD, thee; grant that the Ministers and to confirm the promises made unto Stewards of thy mysteries may likethe fathers: and that the Gentiles wise so prepare and make ready thy might glorify GOD for his mercy; as way, by turning the hearts of the it is written, For this cause I will disobedient to the wisdom of the just, confess to thee among the Gentiles, that, at thy second coming to judge and sing unto thy name: and again the world, we may be found an ac he saith, Rejoice ye Gentiles, with ceptable people in thy sight, who his people and again, Praise the livest and reignest with the FATHER LORD, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, and the HOLY SPIRIT, ever one all ye people. And again Esaias GOD, world without end. Amen. saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in him shall the GenLET a man so account of us, as tiles trust. Now the GOD of hope of the Ministers of CHRIST, and fill you with all joy and peace in be- Stewards of the mysteries of God. lieving, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the HOLY GHOST.
The Gospel. St. Luke xxi. 25. AND there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the tars; and upon the earth distress of
The Epistle. 1 Cor. iv. 1.
Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing, that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself, yet am I not hereby justí fied; but he that judgeth me is the
LORD. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the LORD come, who both will bring to light the hid den things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of GOD.
The Gospel. St. Matt. xi. 2.
The Epistle. Phil. iv. 4. REJOICE in the LORD alway, and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The LORD is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto GOD. And the peace GOD, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through CHRIST JESUS.
The Gospel. St. John i. 19. THIS is the record of John when
NOW when John had heard in the prison the works of CHRIST, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? JESUS answered and said unto them, Go, and show John again those the Jews sent Priests and Levites things which ye do hear and see: from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art the blind receive their sight, and the thou? And he confessed, and denied lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, not; but confessed, I am not the and the deaf hear, the dead are raised Christ. And they asked him, What up, and the poor have the Gospel then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, preached to them: and blessed is he I am. not. Art thou that prophet? whosoever shall not be offended in And he answered, No. Then said And as they departed, JESUS they unto him, Who art thou? that began to say unto the multitudes con- we may give an answer to them that cerning John, What went ye out into sent us: What sayest thou of thythe wilderness to see? A reed sha- self? He said, I am the voice of ken with the wind? But what went one crying in the wilderness, Make ye out for to see? A man clothed in straight the way of the LORD, as soft raiment? Behold, they that wear said the prophet Esaias. And they soft clothing are in kings' houses. which were sent were of the PhariBut what went ye out for to see? A sees. And they asked him, and said prophet? yea, say unto you, and unto him, why baptizest thou then, more than a prophet. For this is he if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, of whom it is written, Behold, I send neither that prophet? John answered my messenger before thy face, which them, saying, I baptize with water; shall prepare thy way before thee. but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; he it is, who, coming after me, is preferred before
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT. me, whose shoe's latchet I am not
O LORD, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succor us; that
worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara, beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
whereas, through our sins and wick- THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, OR
edness, we are sore let and hindered. in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us, through the satisfaction of thy Son our LORD: to whom, with thee and the HOLY GHOST, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
THE BIRTH DAY OF CHRIST,
ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin,